Fair enough. I probably should read more about this Judenfrage. I recall hearing that nazi-like antisemitism was all the loose in whole Europe in early 20th century but it would be interesting to learn longer historical background.
No, I am saying something else. The notion that people could discuss rather openly what to do about the Jews (including Jews themselves, see Freud) in polite and "academic" discourse is sorta chilling. This was during a time when Jews enjoyed a rather incredible relative freedom in Germany, it wasn't all kittens and buttons, but it wasn't relatively good.
The return to the typical European antisemitism, and yes Europeans on the whole have been antisemitic throughout history, came after this calm. My Jewish family fought in WWI for Germany and till they were all killed by Germans or died, always thought of themselves as Germans first, Jews second. Even after Germans killed nearly all of them. My poor shunned grandfather drove a VW his entire life. The local Jewry just didn't put up with it. I didn't realize at a young age the disjunct between the VW Super Beetle he drove and the tiny and modest Rosh Hashana sticker in its window.
But that dichotomy pretty much summed up the triple alienation of the life of a people who saw themselves as Germans, Jews, and decent people and whom Germans, Jews, and decent people saw as outcasts.
My concern is more the discussion of the Muslim Question has become so abstracted and has fallen into historically familiar structures of discourse that preceded some of the most awful behavior in contemporary Western European history that persons are lost and annihilated already. The holocaust had already happened in the clinical discussion and refinement of the Judenfrage. Persons disappeared.
When I see the older Muslim guy grabbing a smoke after working 14 hours in his store that sells alcohol and pork rinds, and he is greeted with suspicion and outright contempt by Americans, Muslims, and decent people, I think of my grandfather, who if not for an odd turn of events never would have had the opportunity to live his quiet life of isolation.